• Higher Tuition Fees will allow Competitive Market to Emerge on Price and Quality of Degrees

  • 19 April 2011

  • The College of Law is set to enter the undergraduate market for the first time

    The higher fees public universities are set to charge will allow a competitive market to emerge on price and quality of degrees, The College of Law said today.

    The College of Law recently announced that it will enter the undergraduate market for the first time with a new two-year law degree to start in September 2012.

    The new degree will cost £9,000 per year, like many of its public sector competitors, but total tuition fees will be £18,000 rather than £27,000 as the course is only two years in length, which also allows students to save considerably on living costs. The two-year course will be the first of its kind, grounded on rigorous practice-based learning designed to prepare students for the modern world of law:

    • Starting in September 2012, the degree course will be run at the College’s centres in Chester, Birmingham and London with plans to expand to all of its seven locations across the UK.
    • In contrast to traditional academic law degrees, the College’s LL.B will have at its heart the teaching of professional skills that are essential when entering the legal profession, including case analysis, problem solving, drafting and research.
    • The course will be taught exclusively by qualified lawyers, who will also act as professional mentors.  It will include timetabled employability sessions, covering issues such as how to obtain vacation placements and training contracts, and will feature 768 hours of face to face teaching over the two years.

    The College, which is run as a charity and takes no public funding, was the first non-university to be given degree awarding powers in 2006.  Today the College has a turnover of more than £72m and 84% of the students it trains and educates go immediately into professional employment*.

    The College of Law has the largest market share of legal education in the UK and has been training solicitors and barristers for over 135 years. It is the largest legal education and professional training establishment in Europe, with over 7,500 students, eight regional campuses and 840 staff, and it holds an outstanding international reputation.

    Commenting, Nigel Savage, CEO of The College of Law said:

    "Universities in both the private and public sector will have to compete on the cost and quality of their courses to attract students in the reformed higher education sector. If students are being asked to pay more, then higher education must deliver offer quality degrees.

    The College of Law is proud that our undergraduate law degree saves students money by concentrating the learning into two years, while maintaining the excellence and employability the College is famous for. Our new two-year degree is designed specifically to boost students’ employment prospects and professional legal skills.
    As the first private institution to be granted degree awarding powers, we are looking forward to once again playing a lead role in the increased private sector involvement in higher education."

    *based on known records of Legal Practice Course students successfully completing their studies in 2010.

    Further information from Lucy Wray, Press Officer, The College of Law on 01483 216072 (lucy.wray@lawcol.co.uk)